Swimming, Day 6 - Men’s 4x200m free: USA remains unbeaten since 2005!
Unbeaten since 2005, the team of the United States revalidated its title in a time of 7:01.72. Presenting a quartet formed by Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, Charles Ouchin and Ricky Berens, the only weak point of the North Americans was the initial leg, in which Dwyer touched in third. Lochte immediately rectified the situation and from then, the winning team was always in control of the situation. It was the fourth medal of the championships for Lochte and his 23rd since 2005!
With a very fast Danila Izotov (first at 200m), Russia gave some opposition but finished with a silver performance in 7:03.92. The bronze went to China (also third in London last year), touching home in 7:04.74. The silver medallists at the 2011 Worlds and 2012 Olympics, France, missed the podium, concluding in fourth (7:04.91). Yannick Agnel was quite solid in the first 200m (1:45.44, second) but the subsequent efforts of Lorys Bourelly, Gregory Mallet and Jeremy Stravius were not enough to secure a medal.
World Record: United States, 6:58.55 – July 30, 2009 in Rome (ITA)
Championships Record: United States, 6:58.55 – July 30, 2009 in Rome (ITA)
2003-2011 winners in this event: 2003 – Australia (7:08.58); 2005 – United States (7:06.58); 2007 – United States (7:03.24); 2009 – United States (6:58.55); 2011 – United States (7:02.67)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): United States (1973, 1978, 1982, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 & 2013)
2012 Olympic podium: 1. United States (6:59.70), 2. France (7:02.77), 3. China (7:06.30)
Gold medal team: USA
Ricky Berens, on anchoring the relay and on Lochte's performance: "We knew Ryan was going to be very tired, this is one of the toughest triples you can do [200m back, 100m fly and 4x200 free] and seeing him do that was inspiring for me. I told myself if he can do all those races, I can pop up some good races too."
Charles Houchin: "I just tried to be in control for the first 50m and have fun, the rest just came out by itself."
Silver medal team: Russia
Danila Izotov: "We trained a lot for that race so we're very satisfied with this result."
"Our coach decided to keep the same team in the prelim and final because we failed to make the final at the last Olympics and in Shanghai two years ago. So we put our strongest swimmers in the first legs and we felt this was a strategy that worked for us."
Bronze medal team: China
Hao Yun: "We got the bronze at the Olympics so we're very happy with the bronze, we trained to get a medal in this event and we did it."
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